Colourful and contemporary kitchen island. Kitchen island with blue bench top and red chairs. More suited to home with an eclectic or ’bachelor pad’ vibe, this kitchen isn’t afraid of colour. Experiment with materials and lighting if you want a similar effect in your home, and remember that sometimes less is more, that’s why this sleek blue bench top and red plastic chairs work so well in a stark white kitchen.
Marble dream. This is a dramatic benchtop with heavy veining in the marble and a very thick depth which gives it added gravitas, as does the continuation of marble up the splashback and placement of the island directly in front of the bank of cabinetry. Equally striking are the smooth black pendant lights above – they provide another resting place for the eyes away from the marble and the darker tones in the appliances therefore become part of the design, rather than an interruption.
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White kitchen with timber detailing. Only suitable for homes that have plenty of space in their kitchen, a huge kitchen island such as this one can incorporate a breakfast bar, open shelving for cook books and beloved dinnerware, as well as extra storage for pots, pans, appliances and a huge bench for extra workspace. Small kitchen island bench. Just because your kitchen is small doesn’t mean you can’t have an island. A kitchen island bench without a sink is a great way to increase storage and workspace in an open-plan living area without having to do major renovations.
The butcher’s block island. Country kitchen with butchers block island. Perfect for country style kitchens or rustic home, a freestanding butcher’s block kitchen island bench can be picked up and moved, but is traditionally made of a timber heavy enough to hold it’s own against pushing, shoving and cooking. These can be as big or as small as you want, and can be added to any kitchen at any time.
Seating. Because most people spend a lot of time congregating around the kitchen island tables, you need the right stools to sit on, says Emma. The right stool can make or break the finish on not only the bench top, but the kitchen, too. It also encourages the kids to jump up and grab a seat if you’re busy in the kitchen.